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Dundee Rangers fire five past Thistle

Dundee Thistle FC 1

McWilliams 4'

Dundee Rangers BC 5

Cameron 11', 54', Patterson 31', Spoors 56', Lawson 73'
  • Sunday, 26 February 2017
  • Claypotts Park
  • Under 15´s
  • P Gibson League

Andrew Creegan

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Dundee Rangers found the net five times against Dundee Thistle as they picked up their fourth win of the season. Both these sides have struggled for form this season but Thistle took the lead after just four minutes through Connor McWilliams, but Rangers were soon in control, with goals from Michael Patterson, Lewis Spoors, Logan Lawson and a brace from Jamie Cameron securing the points for the visitors.

Despite conditions that formed a strong argument for summer football, both sides started brightly. Jamie Cameron was sent in behind the Thistle defence but his effort was well saved by Marc Roy after two minutes.

Two minutes later, Connor McWilliams gave Thistle the lead. Kieran Jamieson sending the striker through on goal, and the number 11 poked the ball past Scott Dyer in the Rangers goal.

The visitors responded well, Cameron once again sent in behind the Thistle backline but this time his effort came off the post. With 18 minutes played Cameron finally got the better of Roy, the Rangers man shot too hot for the keeper handle, as the ball found its way into the net, despite the keeper getting a and on the ball.

Cameron continued to torment the Thistle defence, getting in behind after 20 minutes, but again the forward shot wide. Roy was called into action a minute later, again denying Cameron. Rangers looked to have scored their second after 24 minutes, but Roy did well to push Logan Lawson’s curling shot onto the crossbar.

There was nothing that the keeper could do after the half hour mark, as Rangers took the lead. Michael Patterson racing away from the Thistle defence and firing a low shot into the bottom corner of Roy’s net.

Thistle responded brightly, but Kamil Lesiecki should have done better after 33 minutes as he fired wide. As the half time whistle sounded, both sets of players had done well to make a game of it given the conditions in the first 40 minutes, and it was clear there were more goals to come in this match.

  • Half Time:
  • Dundee Thistle FC
  • 1-2
  • Dundee Rangers BC

Dundee Rangers had the momentum at the start of the second half and added a third goal after 54 minutes. Cameron’s cross looked harmless as it went into the Thistle box but the ball got somehow crept into net. The ball seemed to go into the net in slow motion, but the Rangers players didn’t care.

Sixty seconds later, Rangers made it four. Lewis Spoors clipped the ball towards Cameron, but the ball evaded the forward, and then evaded Thistle’s new keeper Noah McLaren.

The visitors were looking dangerous every time they went forward. The pace of Cameron causing real problems for the Thistle defenders.

With seven minutes remaining, Rangers added a fifth. Lawson picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and curled the ball past McLaren, into the top corner of the net.

Despite these two teams not having the greatest form in the league this season, and the less than ideal conditions, credit must be given to both sides for producing an entertaining game of football.


  • Full Time:
  • Dundee Thistle FC
  • 1-5
  • Dundee Rangers BC


Dundee Thistle FC
Dundee Rangers BC
1. Marc Roy
3. Jack Glassey
4. Paddy McAuley
5. Byron McDonald
6. Calvin Fraser
7. Ewan Watson
8. Jack Todd
9. Kamil Lesiecki
10. Dylan Denham
11. Connor McWilliams
12. Stephen Morrison
14. Kieran Jamieson
16.Noah McLaren
1. Scott Dyer
3. Robbie Livingstone
4. Jack Christie
5. Reece Cook
6. Jamie Cameron
7. Lewis Cook
8. Steven Sunter
9. Ben Paterson
10. Lewis Spoors
11. Christopher McGinlay
12. Bradley Roache
13. Michael Patterson
16. Logan Lawson
Star Player
Dundee Thistle FC
Dundee Rangers BC
Paddy McAuley - Always looked to try and pass the ball along the deck and generally used the ball well in what was a fine performance.
Jamie Cameron - The Dundee Rangers man is frighteningly quick, and his pace was utilised from the first minute today. Didn't quite score the seven that he told me he would pre-match although had he had his shooting boots on, he probably would have.
Magic Moment
Dundee Thistle FC
Dundee Rangers BC
McWilliams Goal - A cool finish that got Thistle off to the perfect start.
Lawson's Goal - Most definitely a case of saving the best goal until last. A fine strike that capped a solid performance from Dundee Rangers.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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